In landmark ruling, the UN’s committee on racial discrimination has strongly condemned China’s persecution of Uyghurs, and decided, for the first time ever, to refer the situation to the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect. Reiterating the most serious concerns expressed by the UN’s Human Rights Office and UN independent experts, the committee reminded governments of their obligation to put an end to the most serious human rights violations wherever they occur, in particular racial discrimination.
The murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, not only sparked weeks of massive protests around the world, but also transmitted a sense of urgency, from the streets of Minneapolis to the Palais des Nations in Geneva, where s ” is held on June 17, 2020, a historic debate at the Human Rights Council on the issue of racist human rights violations, systemic racism, police violence against people of African descent and violence against peaceful demonstrators.
In a new video titled “From the streets to the UN” , ISHR highlights how essential the contributions of defenders and families of victims are and why their voices must continue to resonate at the UN.
The mobilization to demand an international inquiry into systemic racism and police violence in the United States and elsewhere continues. This would not have been possible without the mobilization of millions of peaceful demonstrators and defenders around the world, to whom ISHR reiterates its commitment to support them.
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In compliance with Article 62 of the African Charter, States have the obligation to report every two years on the legislative, administrative and political measures taken with a view to give effect to human rights guaranteed by the Charter. The Islamic Republic of Mauritania, which ratified the Charter in 1986, submitted its 15th-16th and 17th Periodic Reports for its review.
A group of States at the United Nations Human Rights Council betrayed principles of human rights, non-discrimination and accountability today in opposing a historic resolution in response to a UN report finding possible crimes against humanity committed by the Chinese government against Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples.